Jude Burke

  • Level three 19 to 23 entitlement remains

    The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has given more details of its plans to extend FE loans, as announced in Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget. He said loans would be made available to level three and four learners aged 19 to 23, and to level five and six learners aged 19 and above. “The

    12.00 Dec. 6th, 2015 | News

  • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in bid to keep London colleges apart

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has tried to warn City and Islington College governors against plans to merge with Westminster Kingsway College, branding the proposals “too accepting of the government’s agenda”. In a letter to the board, Islington North MP Mr Corbyn (pictured right) said he sympathised with views put forward by college unions, including the

    13.00 Nov. 27th, 2015 | News

  • More than 100 young people one step closer to WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 after qualifying for UK squad

    Nearly 150 young people are one step closer to taking on the world’s best, having been listed among the WorldSkills UK squad. The names of most of those who will begin training with the aim of representing Team UK at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi in 2017 were announced on Saturday night at the closing ceremony for

    18.32 Nov. 23rd, 2015 | News

  • Skills Show 2015 sees record number of visitors — up 44 pc

    Record numbers of young people, teachers and parents visited the Skills Show in Birmingham last week, with figures for Saturday showing a 44 per cent rise on last year. A total of 78,324 people visited the show over the three days, with 20,597 of those on the Saturday, according to figures released today by organisers

    17.29 Nov. 24th, 2015 | News

  • Golden night for City of Glasgow College as Skills Show competition winners announced

    City of Glasgow College emerged the big winner from Skills Show 2015 in Birmingham as it claimed eight medals, including four golds — the most for any provider. The Saturday closing ceremony, which marked the culmination of national skills competitions finals, also saw the announcement of most of the long squad (pictured above) ahead of the next

    8.30 Nov. 23rd, 2015 | News

  • Apprenticeship starts up after two years of decline

    Official figures released this morning show the number of apprenticeship starts for 2014/15 was up by 59,500 from the previous year – reversing the decline of the previous two years. The final (rather than provisional) figures in today’s Statistical First Release show there were 499,900 apprenticeship starts in 2014/15, an increase of 13.5 per cent

    12.23 Nov. 18th, 2015 | News

  • Long wait for FE Chartered Status membership ends

    The long wait for FE providers to sign up for Chartered Status ended today with applications for membership finally open. Colleges and independent learning providers can apply for membership to the Chartered Institution for Further Education (CIFE), set up in 2013, in the latest “significant step” on the route to chartered status for the FE sector.

    18.02 Nov. 17th, 2015 | News

  • 'Fill your classrooms and don't spend money on marketing to compete with neighbouring colleges,' FE Commissioner tells principals

    Too few learners per classroom and marketing strategies that pit college against neighbouring college are among the issues preventing the sector from being “sustainable”, according to FE Commissioner Dr David Collins. In a letter to all chairs and principals of FE institutions, dated October 30, Dr Collins said that, with the sector as a whole having

    12.44 Nov. 9th, 2015 | News

  • Trailblazer incentive payments ‘can cover’ costly exams

    Employer bodies have attacked Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) guidance that Trailblazer apprenticeship incentive payments are used where expensive assessments push costs over government funding limits. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) last month told of its concerns that end-point assessments were “driving up costs for Trailblazers”. However, a BIS spokesperson has told

    9.00 Nov. 9th, 2015 | News

  • Lord Baker hits back at ‘get out of jail’ criticism

    Former Education Secretary Ken Baker (pictured above) has hit back at criticism that his university technical college (UTC) project had been given a “get out of jail clause” in government plans for the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) performance measure. Lord Baker, co-founder of Baker Dearing Educational Trust (BDT), which has been working to develop UTCs, also

    9.00 Nov. 9th, 2015 | News

  • Providers urged to think about what technology ‘will do for learners’

    The impact technology has on learners is more important to Ofsted than the technology itself, a former inspector told delegates at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers’ Learning Technologies Expo 2015. Kerry Boffey (pictured above), director of the Adult Learning Improvement Network, said providers needed to think about what technology “will do for learners”.

    9.00 Nov. 9th, 2015 | News